Conversion implies a 'to-what' to which there are those who already belong.
I was seventeen-years-old when I did something which had profound implications for my life from then to now: I called a church.
When my phone call translated into a visit to the local parish the thought of meeting 'religious people' was on my mind. And when I met that first nun, a sixty-something-year-old, with only the most nondescript habit, the eventuality was still not eventuated. It would need to come later, I supposed - once they had me on the hook?
But theological conviction does not annul social awkwardness. And nothing makes for awkward like a religious fanatic.
This is a post for 'outsiders.' I'd like you to eventually arrive at my theological conviction that the Church is the Church even with Judases in our midst, but if your 'human' reasons are keeping you from looking into Catholicism any closer, I am writing this to encourage you not to let the thought of religious weirdos keep you from doing so.
Then there are lower-level annoying religious people. These are the huggers and the perpetually 'up.'
And now, a momentary digression on Catholic hugging. It's new, it's young, it's happening, it's something I avoid like the plague. The last thing from which I could draw benefit is another women's breast pressed up against me. I mean, I am not everyman, yet the logic strikes me as sound. People have assured me that there is a proper way to hug - and breasts are not involved in it. I remain unconvinced.
Chances are, if you join the Church, you are going to get hugged.
But, it is a small price to pay for eternal salvation, all things considered.
Becoming Catholic is joining a body. The people are not incidental to it. Of course, no one person is essential to it, that is, other than Christ. So, do not become Catholic if you cannot stand people. We have enough of that type here already.
As I have said many times - I have met the best people and the worst people as a consequence of that phone call I made to St. Thomas More Church in 1991. I am a pretty straight-talking guy: serious Catholics are on average way better than others. Such is the Grace of Christ mediated through the sacraments.